Chisel Mallet

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Project by Parsimonia posted 01-24-2013 04:42 AM 2361 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Basic mallet from medium hard maple. Burned some lines on the handle for grip, and to make it pretty. I immediately banged some dents in it so my wife wouldn’t take it away to save like she did the first one. Finished with Danish oil.
I read on LJ to use a 12 degree angle on the head. This is more like 5. It weighs about a pound, but it’s a comfortable shape and weight.

-- More Ideas than Time.

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#1 posted 01-24-2013 05:56 AM

Very nice mallet

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#2 posted 01-24-2013 09:14 AM

Those burned lines look terrific. Fantastic idea. Thanks for sharing.
Loved the story of the dents. LOL

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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#3 posted 01-24-2013 11:05 AM

Looks real nice with the burnings.

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#4 posted 01-24-2013 01:18 PM

Liked the banging idea. Will Have to use that ! Good job !!

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#5 posted 01-24-2013 02:05 PM

great job

-- Joel

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#6 posted 01-24-2013 04:30 PM

Great turning in there, like the shape, the stripes and the beautiful wood.


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#7 posted 01-25-2013 05:17 AM

Really nice. I like the pre-denting idea as well. I particularly like the handle to head ratio visual. Looks like you might get more leverage from the handle because of the length. Did you do a Golden Ratio thing? Share those dimensions?

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#8 posted 01-25-2013 07:36 PM

Very nice. At first glance I thought the burn lines were inlay. I like them and have saved back some piano wire to try this technique but I’ve never got around to it. Now, maybe I will.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#9 posted 01-26-2013 03:01 AM

The overall length is 12”, and the handle is 7.5”, so that works out to 1.6! It just worked out that way. The head is 3.5” wide at the top, 4” long flat taper, curving toward the handle for about 1/2”.

The blank was only 4” or less thick, so I tried to.leave it as big around as I could. I really wanted a good comfortable handle for a good swing, and narrower up top to choke up for delicate stuff.

It works well!

-- More Ideas than Time.

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#10 posted 01-26-2013 03:23 AM

Thanks for the confirmation. It is sweet looking and sounds like it is a performer.

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